Jessie Dixon Passes

Jessie Dixon was born in San Antonio, Texas, where his father was a barber and tailor. Mr. Dixon moved to Chicago when he was a teenager. He was minister of music at Omega Baptist Church, 45th and State, when Willie Dixon (no relation) brought him into Chess as a session player.

Mr. Dixon played a Chicago 1/3/5 chord gospel that was more bluesy than the jazz-influenced Detroit or Los Angeles gospel. He had no problem with the age-old conflict of playing gospel and secular at the same time at Chess. “I never heard the lyrics,” he said in 2002. “I’d play on sessions and the singer wasn’t there. I read music, the charts would be there and off I’d go. I never played live secular music until I got with Paul Simon.”

Mr. Dixon’s resume included five gold records and several Grammy nominations, but his heart was cast in gospel. Last month he was in the front row at the celebration of life for Delois Barrett Campbell of the Barrett Sisters at Trinity United Church of Christ. Mr. Dixon liked to tell visitors gospel was “too-good-to-be-true” news. He’d say, “That’s why people get it confused with religion. Do I have to do this to please God?’ Well, he’s done it all for you already. And that’s too good to be true!”

Mr. Dixon wrote “You Will Bring The Sun Out” for Diana Ross, but it became a million seller for Randy Crawford. His composition “That’s What He’s Looking For” was featured in a “Laverne & Shirley” episode.

Mr. Dixon is survived by a brother and sister. Services are pending.

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One Response to “Jessie Dixon Passes”
  1. RUBY ANDERSON says:

    HE ALSO WAS MINISTER OF MUSIC OF TRUE LIGHT BASPTIST CHURCH BEFORE OMEGA CHURCH UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF B. F. PAXTON, FROM ABOUT 1957 UNTIL 1961. WAS A VERY GOOD MUSICIAN AND TAUGHT ALL OF NON SINGERS HOW TO BACK GROUND WITHOUT A TUNE. WE LOVED HIM.

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